JUMBO Plastic Linoleum bounced right back after a heartbreaking defeat, venting its ire on Boracay Rum, 86-72, on Tuesday in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Trinity University of Asia gym.
The Giants recovered from their loss to NLEX last week with a lopsided victory over the Waves to improve their win-loss record to 9-3 and boost their chance of taking a twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals.
Elliot Tan had 17 points, while Jan Colina added 16 points, seven rebounds, and four steals for the Giants, who also connected on 11 triples.
With the win, the Giants climbed to third place to break a tie with Hog’s Breath Café. The third and fourth placers get twice-to-beat incentives in the quarterfinals.
“Malaking game ito para sa amin sa chances namin sa quarterfinals,” said Jumbo Plastic coach Stevenson Tiu.
Tan and Colina combined to score 26 of Jumbo Plastic’s 54 points in the second half as the Giants broke away after holding a 32-26 halftime lead.
“He’s (Colina) been playing good unlike nung last game namin. Supposed to be, siya (Tan) ang go-to-guy namin. They are meeting our expectations,” said Tiu.
Boracay Rum had its three-game winning streak snapped and are now in ninth place with a 5-6 win-loss slate, moving further behind in the race for places in the six-team playoffs.
Jumbo Plastic Linoleum (86) – Tan 17, Colina 16, Dehesa 14, Arboleda 12, Petilos 9, Romero 8, Magat 6, Ballesteros 2, Alano 2.
Boracay Rum (72) – Banchero 16, Siruma 12, Viernes 9, Cabrera 9, Belo 7, Tagarda 6, Eguilos 5, Taha 4, Ilagan 3, Arellano 1, Bautista 0, Sabellina 0.
Quarterscores: 13-11; 32-26; 59-44; 86-72.